Author Archive | Bob Ashby


Review: ‘Death by Design’ at Aldersgate Church Community Theater

“There is nothing whatever beneath my exterior.” So proclaims a character in Death by Design, now playing at the Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) in Alexandria. How right he is, not only for him but for this theatrical trifle itself. Look elsewhere for subtlety or subtext. But it is an amusing trifle. Playwright Rob Urbinati’s […]

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Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Other Voices Theatre

Frederick’s Other Voices Theatre puts a very large cast and a complex technical scheme to excellent use in its production of the 1971 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock operetta Jesus Christ Superstar. A revisionist retelling of the biblical passion story, Superstar focuses on its creators’ imagining of the very human emotions of Jesus and his […]

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Review: ‘Fool for Love’ at the Cumberland Theatre

The theme of a man and a woman who can’t live without each other and can’t live with each other is as old as theater. Often enough it has been played for comedy, as in the couples in Noel Coward’s Private Lives or Present Laughter.  But not in Sam Shepard country. In Shepard’s Fool for […]

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Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Workhouse Arts Center

The audience for Workhouse Theater’s production of Avenue Q (music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Mark, book by Jeff Whitty), loved every minute. And what’s not to love? The 2003 Tony Award-winning, Sesame Street-inspired musical about a diverse and diverting set of characters trying to find themselves in a downscale Brooklyn-like neighborhood offers […]

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Sean Besecker and Anne Hunt in Of Mice and Men. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Entertainment Group

Review: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Maryland Entertainment Group

An apt subtitle for Of Mice and Men, adapted from the 1937 novella by John Steinbeck, might be “the futility of hope.” In the small, corrosively lonely, universe of a California ranch during the Great Depression, any human connection, longstanding or brief, will not endure; any hope, however modest, will evaporate; any dream, however fanciful, […]

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Review: ‘The Audience’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria

Attention Anglophiles: If you loved The Queen, and if you avidly follow The Crown on Netflix, then by all means, join the audience for The Audience at the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA). All three were written by Peter Morgan, who has become something of a specialist in portraying the royals. The play does not […]

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